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Priority rights in Turkish law

According to the Industrial Property Law, which entered into force on 10 January 2017, an enterprise of goods or services ensure distinguishing from or service goods other undertakings and brand owners to ensure protection of the subject it is turned on and including the names of persons, provided that shown on the register can provide […]

Russia increases duties on US goods

On 23 March 2018, the United States of America introduced a special protective measure in the form of increased customs duties on imports for steel and aluminium products, including those originating from the Russian Federation… …The Government of the Russian Federation by its Decision No. 788 dated July 2018, therefore, introduced import customs duties rates […]

Why Islamic finance fits well in Kazakhstan

Since 1991, Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy and oil producer, has had to rely on the deteriorating infrastructure it inherited from the Soviet Union. As a result, nearly every piece of public infrastructure (eg roads, hospitals, power plants, kindergartens, sewerages) in Kazakhstan requires a different degree of upgrading or expansion…

Extortion, blackmail, and kidnap for ransom

In this market insight, originally written for CampdenFB, Schillings’ extortion, blackmail and kidnap for ransom specialists, John Chase and Brittany Damora, set out the scope of the threat and what steps family offices and family businesses need to take when faced with this type of critical risk scenario…

The Court of Protection endorses use of the Mental Capacity Act

By Michael Mylonas QC The requirement for written consent in schedule 3 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act has caused difficulties in some notable cases. Last week saw another challenge in which Mrs P needed the consent of her husband who had suffered an irreversible brain injury. She turned to the Mental Capacity Act 2005…

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Advocate put on trial by peers

A leading Scottish defence advocate is himself set to face trial – by his own peers. Donald Findlay QC’s career could be in jeopardy if he is found guilty. Findlay allegedly made anti-Catholic sectarian comments following Rangers’ victory over Celtic in the recent Scottish Cup Final. He then resigned as vice-chairman of Rangers, after being […]

Shakespeares' former partner struck off by solicitors' tribunal

A former Shakespeares partner who misused almost u350,000 of client funds has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In a case exclusively revealed by The Lawyer (1 February), John Vernon paid himself u189,000 out of clients funds during his years at the Birmingham firm, while u156,000 went to other clients. The shortfall might […]

Merger mania reaches chambers

Medium-size chambers are teaming up to survive in an increasingly competitive market. Matheu Swallow reports. Intense market pressure is driving chambers inexorably toward merger and rapid consolidation simply to survive. Following revelations that Christopher Purchas QC’s 2 Crown Office Row and Michael Spencer QC’s 1 Paper Buildings are to merge (The Lawyer, 22 November), there […]

Ex-spy sues for rights of free expression

The Law Lords are to hear an appeal brought by one of the UK’s most infamous spies, George Blake. Blake is fighting to have a court order lifted that freezes the profits of his recent autobiography. After considering the matter in private, Lords Nicholls, Hutton and Hobhouse have now granted leave for appeal against the […]

In brief: The Lord Chancellor's Department

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has appointed Adam Courtenay Chippindall, District Judge Joan Mary Ruth Dowell, Richard Alan Flowerdew, Richard Anthony Lissack, Robert Martin James Meeke, Daniel John Pearce-Higgins, Jeremy Hugh Stuart-Smith and District Judge John Turner as recorders on the Western Circuit.

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